Monday’s Daily Brief: increasing inequality, human rights and climate, civil war crimes, Ethiopia reforms

New UN development report warns global inequality breeding a “new generation of inequalities”; human rights linked to climate change by senior UN official; intentional starvation in civil wars classified as a war crime, UN rights expert calls for Ethiopia reform support.

UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards, in bid to keep workers from debtors’ prison

If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

Ban appoints senior officials to key development posts

United Nations’ development efforts got a boost today with the appointment of key positions in the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UN soccer event scores $360,000 for youth in Brazil and Cape Verde

The recent United Nations all-star charity soccer match in Porto Alegre, Brazil raised $360,000 for youth-oriented projects in Brazil and Cape Verde, the world organization’s development agency has announced.

UN report highlights importance of ocean-friendly investments

Concrete action to reverse or mitigate environmental damage done to the world’s oceans must be initiated immediately before it is too late, a United Nations ocean expert has warned.

UN joins One Day on Earth to capture global spectrum of human activities on film

The United Nations is partnering with the One Day on Earth project to film human activities across the world today to be edited into a video narrative highlighting such issues of global concern as poverty, gender equality, the environment, human rights and governance.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Zidane to highlight anti-poverty successes in Mali

The soccer ace and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Zinédine Zidane, will travel to Mali next week to highlight the country’s progress in the effort to alleviate poverty.

Disaster survivors in Haiti and Pakistan benefit from proceeds of UN football match

Hundreds of youths who survived last year’s massive earthquake in Haiti and more than 1,000 women displaced by floods in Pakistan will benefit from funds raised in a United Nations-organized football match in aid of post-disaster reconstruction work in the two countries.

Senior UN official foresees radical changes to development landscape

Long-term trends such as climate change and human impact on the world’s natural resources are “radically changing the development landscape,” the top United Nations development official warned today.

UN-managed irrigation project in Sudan boosts community’s crop production

Irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has enabled more than 1,000 farmers in north-eastern Sudan to increase harvests and boost incomes from the sale of their produce.